Rosemary Bratton – Founder
Throughout her life, Rosemary has been involved in social change, social justice and economic justice with a focus on working with disenfranchised women. Her professional positions included, Director of the Self Help Center in Casper, WY, Director of the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Founder of the Wyoming Women’s Business Center that includes Works of Wyoming and most recently Founder of the Hilde Project. Inspired by the life and teachings of St Hildegard of Bingen, The Hilde Project, a ministry of St Matthew’s Cathedral, enriches and empowers the lives of disenfranchised women to achieve self- sufficiency through skill development for textile manufacturing, Career and Financial Empowerment classes and life skills training. Through the Hilde Project, Rosemary has woven together her passion for improving the lives of women and her love of all things fiber. Hilde is building a workforce of women to manufacture apparel and accessories and whenever feasible with locally grown wool and natural fibers and discarded clothing and textiles as the raw materials.
Bren Lieske – Instructor
Bren has been sewing and designing clothing since she was six years old. It started with paper dolls and grew to creating designs with repurposed jeans and bib overalls. She enjoys the opportunity to teach women these lost skills of sewing, crocheting, felting, etc…
Rachelle Barkhurst – Instructor / Media Specialist
Rachelle has worked in the clothing business her entire life. She has years of retail experience stemming from her family business, TJ Formal. She worked for them on and off for years and recently managed her own branch in Charleston, SC. After leaving the position and Charleston she decided to head West to pursue her design career. On her way to the coast, she found her soulmate and planted herself and her business in Laramie, Wyoming.